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20 Years Later: Where Were You on 9/11?

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, TrapWire has reached out to some of our team members to discuss what they were doing on that day. The following is from our Director of Business Development, Mike Maness, who spent almost two-decades as a Senior Case Officer and Field Manager for CIA. On September 11, […]

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Keeping a Human In-The-Loop: The Limits of AI in Security Systems

In the spring of 2020, Croatian chess player Antonio Radic’s YouTube chess channel, which had more than one-million subscribers at the time, was blocked during a chess show. Although YouTube restored access within 24-hours, Radic was never provided with an explanation for the block. He suspected his account was blocked because he referred to the […]

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Inauguration Day Security: Lessons Learned

As the security checkpoints are being dismantled, hundreds of yards of fencing and concertina wire taken down, and the majority of National Guard and out of state law enforcement personnel sent back home, the security operations related to President Joe Biden’s inauguration are being viewed as a success. One reason for this success is that […]

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Physical Protection: Who Defines a “Hard Target?”

This article was written by TrapWire Director Michael Maness, who served two decades as a senior operations officer and field manager with the Central Intelligence Agency conducting covert counterterror and counterintelligence operations on behalf of the USG in more than a dozen countries. Just about everyone has heard the terms “hard” and “soft” targets. The […]

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FedRAMP, Why it Matters to You

In 2011, as part of the U.S. government’s “Cloud First Policy,” the Office of Management and Budget initiated the Federal Risk and Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP was designed to enable federal agencies to leverage the efficiency of cloud-based products and services, confident in the knowledge that the systems used are secure and reliable. FedRAMP Director […]

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Potentially Malicious Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Increases

This is an interesting report by the Combating Terrorism Center on the threats posed by drones and other unmanned aerial systems. At TRAPWIRE, we have noted a significant increase in the number of UAS-related incidents reported by both our private and public sector clients over the past 18 months. These incidents have often occurred at […]

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Sexual Predator on the Loose: Law Enforcement Seeking Help from the Public

  Excerpted from: FBI baffled by mysterious Cleveland and Elyria child abduction cases by Adam Ferrise October 13, 2016 cleveland.com CLEVELAND, Ohio — The case of a man who abducted a 6-year-old Cleveland girl and later tried to abduct a 10-year-old Elyria girl has left federal investigators baffled. More than 200 agents and police officers […]

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NYT: How a Secretive Branch of ISIS Built a Global Network of Killers

  A jailhouse interview with a German man who joined the Islamic State reveals the workings of a unit whose lieutenants are empowered to plan attacks around the world. nytimes.com/2016/08/04/world/middleeast/isis-german-recruit-interview.html This is an excellent article on pre-attack tactics, communications and preparations undertaken by terrorist organizations ahead of an attack. The article focuses on the “how’s” […]

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Gates, Guns and Guards: The False Sense of Security

  Excerpted from: Al-Shabab hits Hotel Ambassador in Somalia’s Mogadishu June 2, 2016 ALJAZEERA “They want to send a message that although they might have lost control of the city, they can still carry out such attacks with audacity.” Based on initial reporting, it appears Al-Shabaab used a “double tap” operation to attack the Ambassador […]

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European Allies Still Struggle With Intelligence Sharing

  Excerpted from: ISIS Spreading in Europe, U.S. Intelligence Chief Warns By Eric Schmitt and Alissa J. Rubin April 25, 2016 New York Times WASHINGTON — The Islamic State is operating clandestine terrorist cells in Britain, Germany and Italy, similar to the groups that carried out the attacks in Paris and Brussels, the top-ranking American […]

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